What are the rules to enter this country with or without the EU Digital COVID certificate from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate

Travellers from green and orange countries (according to Bulgaria’s national classification) can enter Bulgaria without further restrictions if their ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (EUDCC) contains one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination, valid from 14 days after the second dose, or from 14 days after the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson);
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: between 11 and 180 days after the positive result to a COVID-19 test).
  • Negative result to a COVID-19 test.

Both molecular (PCR) and Rapid Antigen tests (RAT) are accepted.
Validity: 72 hours prior to arrival for PCR tests, 48 hours prior to arrival for antigen tests.

If travellers from green and orange countries cannot provide any of these documents, a 10-day quarantine is imposed. Travellers can shorten the quarantine if they submit a negative test (molecular or antigen) performed within 24 hours from entering the country.

In addition, travellers from orange countries:

  • They may be subject to random rapid antigen tests upon arrival.
  • The quarantine obligation also applies to Bulgarian citizens and long-term residents.

Travellers from red countries (according to Bulgaria’s national classification) can enter Bulgaria without further restrictions if their ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (EUDCC) contains one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination, valid from 14 days after the second dose, or from 14 days after the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson);

Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: between 11 and 180 days after the positive result to a COVID-19 test).

In addition, travellers from red countries must also provide a negative molecular (PCR) test, performed within 72 hours before travelling. This obligatioin also applies to childern aged 12 to 18.

The following quarantine measures apply to travellers from red countries who cannot provide these documents:

  • Bulgarian nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members) who only provide one of these documents are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days. They can shorten the quarantine if they submit a negative molecular test result performed within 24 hours from entering the country.
  • Bulgarian nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members) who do not provide any of these documents are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Other EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members), who only provide a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before arrival, are admitted to the country and must undergo a 10-day quarantine.
  • Children between 12 and 18 years who do not present a negative molecular test performed within 72 hours before travelling are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be revoked for kids of Bulgarian nationality or for kids with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria upon submission of a document showing a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours from entering the country.

Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements

Travellers from green and orange countries (according to Bulgaria’s national classification) can enter Bulgaria without further restrictions if they can provide one of the following documents:

  • Proof of full vaccination, valid from 14 days after the last scheduled dose. The combination of one dose of Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) with one dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) is also accepted. The document must contain: the holder’s names and date of birth, dates, trade name and batch number of the relevant doses of the vaccine, name of the manufacturer/holder of the market authorisation, country where it was administered.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: between 11 and 180 days after the positive result to a COVID-19 test). The document must contain the holder’s name, contact details of the medical establishment that carried out the exam, the date of the test, and the positive result.
  • Negative result to a COVID-19 test.
    Both molecular (PCR) and Rapid Antigen tests (RAT) are accepted.If travellers from green and orange countries cannot provide any of these documents, a 10-day quarantine is imposed. Travellers can shorten the quarantine if they submit a negative test (molecular or antigen) performed within 24 hours from entering the country.In addition, travellers from orange countries:They may be subject to random rapid antigen tests upon arrival.
    The quarantine obligation also applies to Bulgarian citizens and long-term residents.Validity: 72 hours prior to arrival for PCR tests, 48 hours prior to arrival for antigen tests.

Travellers from red countries (according to Bulgaria’s national classification) can enter Bulgaria without further restrictions if they hold one of the following documents with the same requirements listed for green and orange countries:

  • Proof of full vaccination.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19.

In addition, travellers from red countries must also provide a negative molecular (PCR) test, performed within 72 hours before travelling. This obligation also applies to children aged 12 to 18.

The following quarantine measures apply to travellers from red countries who cannot provide these documents:

  • Bulgarian nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members) who only provide one of these documents are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days. They can shorten the quarantine if they submit a negative molecular test result performed within 24 hours from entering the country.
  • Bulgarian nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members) who do not provide any of these documents are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Other EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, permanent or long-term residents (including their family members), who only provide a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before arrival, are admitted to the country and must undergo a 10-day quarantine.
  • Children between 12 and 18 years who do not present a negative molecular test performed within 72 hours before travelling are admitted to the country and must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be revoked for kids of Bulgarian nationality or for kids with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria upon submission of a document showing a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours from entering the country.

By : www.europa.eu

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